An oldy but a goody.....
Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when you
were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I
informed him. 'All the food was slow.' 'C'mon, seriously... Where did you
'It was a place called 'home,'' I explained. !
'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together
at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I
was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'
By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to
suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I
had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if
I'd figured his system could have handled
Some parents NEVER owned their own house, never wore jeans, never set foot
on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.
My parents never drove me to school... I had a bicycle that weighed probably
50 pounds, and only had one speed (slow), or I WALKED!
We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10.
It was, of course, black and white, and the station went off the air at 10
PM, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it came back on the air
at about 6 am. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show
on, featuring local people....
Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.
There was NO fridge - the ice was delivered from a 'horse & cart'
on a Saturday morning and had to last all week in the 'meat-safe'.
Beer bottle 'returns' were the recycling of the day at a penny, while
lemonade bottles were worth thruppence!
Bus fares for children were a penny for each section. Movies cost nine-pence
for the first three rows.
All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers --My
brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a week. He had to get up at 6
Film stars kissed with their mouths shut. At least, they did in the films.
There were no movie ratings because all movies were responsibly produced for
everyone to enjoy viewing, without profanity or violence or almost anything
The films always started with everyone standing for the National Anthem,
followed by the 'MovieTone' newsreel.
'Jaffas' were a round sweet that rattled down the theatre floor when dropped
during the 'quiet' bits. Aniseed balls were "eight for a penny' (one cent..)
If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to
share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Just don't
blame me if they bust a gut laughing.
Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?